As a motorcycle owner myself, you find yourself tinkering with them here and them. It could be a big cruiser bike, fast street bike, or your off road dirt bike, they all need maintenance and repairs. If you are a Do It Yourself type person, you will need a tool kit fit for motorcycle repair. Here we are going to give you a basic idea of what you will need.
Re-assembly time now. I place the new head gasket on the block and carefully align it. I place the head back on the block and then I pick up the new head bolts I had purchased. It is always a good idea to replace used head bolts with new ones. Considering the extremely high torque values employed, those old bolts could very well be stretched just a tiny bit. Stretched just enough that they may be just a tad longer than when new. Just enough that they may have lost their tempering. And that might mean the bolt is actually twisting around it’s own center, instead of threading itself down and clamping the head against he block. Not a chance I am willing to take when for about eleven dollars I can remove any doubt.
Also, make friends with your computer. The Internet is an invaluable resource for information about fixing cars. You can find detailed instructions, with videos or step-by-step images, to help you with your engine repair. Often, seeing how it is done is the first step in doing it yourself. These guides will also help you decide if this is truly something you can do on your own, or if you need professional help.
While inspecting your tires ensure that they have the adequate amount of pressure. When your tires are properly inflated, they are not as easy to damage or become punctured and it makes you safer while riding the bike. If you find a small leak in a tire, you should patch it as soon as possible so and not to create a bigger problem to solve.
Most manufacturers recommend using a Torque Wrench when tightening lug nuts. They will specify a certain ft/lb to dial in on the Best Torque Wrench Under 100. This insures the nuts are tightened properly. Over tightening can damage the studs and possibly lead to a failure in the future. Here is what happens. When the nuts are tightened, the studs will stretch. This tension holds the wheels on to the rim. If you over tighten the studs you can damage them and they could fail.
Sweat is highly corrosive and it drips, along with sports drinks, rain, etc., onto the frame. Although the frames are designed to drain, drain holes often get plugged leaving this festering brew in contact with delicate bearings and cables. The real damage is often where you can’t see it. If you see surface rust on bolts, the internal components are likely in much worse shape.
With the engine now running and no visible steam or bubbles I check the timing and find it needs just a tweak to be on top dead center where it belongs. Job done, I close the hood and head off for a test drive. I will take care of that little valve tappet adjustment when I return.